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The serious trust deficiency afflicting medical advice and what to do about it

26 by / on 8 Oct 2016, / in evidence based medicine

Trust me I’m a doctor has become a knowing, cynical catch-phrase but the underlying truth is that we do need to trust our doctors, not only because trusted doctors exert a beneficial healing effect but also because we are entrusting them with something precious – our health.

Current Posts – 8 October 2016

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The secret data from statin […]

Independent investigation reveals NICE approved treatment only a fraction as effective as experts claim it is.

46 by / on 26 Sep 2016, / in evidence based medicine

Would any doctor continue to prescribe a drug which they had been told would benefit 20 per cent of patients with a specific illness, once the truth was revealed to be around 7 per cent, only one percent better than no treatment at all? You’d have to hope not and that concerned and angry doctors would then shout loudly that they had been lied to and that patients had endured years of pointless treatment.

Current Posts – 26 September 2016

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For years scientifically-minded patients strongly […]

Massive statin trial that aims to silence all the critics. The iron fist in an evidence-based glove.

23 by / on 13 Sep 2016, / in statins

Last week a massive piece of research extolling the benefits of statins was published in the Lancet. Its headline message was that the benefits of statins are hugely underestimated and far outweigh any harm. It had found that only 2 people per hundred suffer side effects while 15 people per hundred avoid strokes and heart attacks.

It came garlanded with the full majesty of the medical profession. Thirty pages long with 28 authors, 300 references and a declaration of interests that filled 44 lines of small type and mentioned more than 20 of the largest pharmaceutical companies. This juggernaut was designed to bury the widely publicised doubts about the effectiveness and safety of these drugs already prescribed to 6 million people.

Current Posts – 13 September 2016

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The metaphorical thud of yet […]

Why are menopausal women still getting a form of HRT that’s clearly linked to cancer? There is an alternative

3 by / on 2 Sep 2016, / in evidence based medicine

So, women who take HRT to help with symptoms of the menopause have a three times greater risk of developing breast cancer, according to a paper in the British Journal of Cancer published a couple of weeks ago. That’s certainly alarming news if you are approaching or going through menopause but it should really not come as a great surprise. The issue of HRT and cancer has been rumbling away for over a decade.

Current Posts – 02 September 2016

by / on 2 Sep 2016, / in editorial

Fourteen years ago a major […]

Radical doctors throw away rule book to beat diabetes and obesity

11 by / on 22 Aug 2016, / in evidence based medicine

A small but remarkable trial of the effects that a change of lifestyle can have on diabetes and obesity has just been published in the relatively obscure SAMJ (South African Medical Journal).

The results are impressive and the implications ground breaking. The starting point is that the official ‘evidence based’, low fat, calories-in equals calories-out approach isn’t working.

Current Posts – 22 August 2016

by / on 22 Aug 2016, / in editorial

A band of radical clinicians […]

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